You will love exploring Columbia as a student at the University of South Carolina. USC is based in downtown Columbia, the “famously hot” capital city of South Carolina. Located in the heart of the state, Columbia is just a few short hours from the coast and the mountains and boasts a population of over 700 thousand. Columbia’s diverse residents and neighborhoods have earned it the designation of being one of “America’s 30 most Livable Communities.” Within the city limits, you can visit EdVenture Children's Museum for a family-friendly outing, attend a concert at the Colonial Life Arena, paddle the Saluda River, shop and dine in the vibrant Vista district or watch your Carolina Gamecocks compete in a number of sporting events. In a city with so much to offer, there really is something for everyone, and it’s all conveniently located right here in Columbia.